Gimbling in the Wabe – Of Hobbits and Elves and Tales of Nostalgia

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This being “Hobbit Week” (or rather, an extension of “Hobbit Day”, which is generally celebrated on September 22, believed to be the day on which both Bilbo Baggins of the Shire, and Frodo Baggins, his nephew – the central heroes of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, respectively – observed their birthdays), and [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Of Role Playing and Story Telling

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Recently, an interesting article came up on the Tor/Forge blog, or at least one that was very interesting to me – in fact, it resonated.  Written by author and gamer James L. Sutter, it was a post entitled “What Roleplaying Teaches Writers” exploring the ties between participating in a role playing game (known as an [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Transmedia, As I’ve Known It

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My daughter, who is a cinema studies major in college, is currently taking a class that explores the fairly new phenomenon known as transmedia.  According to her textbook (A Creator’s Guide to Transmedia Storytelling by Andrea Phillips), transmedia is “telling a story through multiple communication channels at once, particularly channels such as the web and [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – In Homage to the Professor

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Today is the anniversary of JRR Tolkien’s birth; the Professor would have been 122 – a ripe old age, indeed, even for a hobbit.  In humble homage to the man who has had such an impact on my life, I offer up this excerpt from a role playing story I participated in years ago, set [….]